Taking cues from hit horror flick Get Out, the remake of IT will also focus on normalized American prejudice. For visionary director Andres Muschietti, these underlying tensions provide the perfect canvas– with just a touch of magnification, they provoke both shrieks and thoughtfulness.
The difference is that IT will focus on an even more disenfranchised group: Monster Clown-Americans. These gentle, silly souls face constant oppression from the rest of society, ranging from terrified screams to cruel nose-honking on the streets.
“The real crime is that this story has taken so long to get to the big screen” says Biggles, local representative from the wacky inflatable halls of Barnumville, GA. “Stephen King promised us a balanced view when he came to research Clown Country in 1984. But his story gave us fair treatment like my balloon animals give warmth and comfort when I spoon them every night.”
“It’s a lot like Jaws, nobody was afraid to go in the water before that movie came out.” Biggles notes, “Afterwards, sharks were the most terrifying force on the planet after locusts and 80s haircuts. The sharks didn’t get any scarier– it was all in the public’s perception.”
And so the story goes for IT. After its rise to prominence in 1986, monster clowns went from being a charming oddity to the lurking demons in the night. To this day, Biggles admits he can’t walk down the street without locals hiding their valuables and local police pelting him with rocks. “The frenzied screaming really agitates my migraine” says this brave survivor of anti-clown hatred.
Nowhere is this perpetual negativity shown more powerfully than in Admiral Poopertoots, a clown with a happy face who hides a terrible secret.
“I look happy, but on the inside I’m sad” he said in an exclusive interview.
With any luck, the new IT remake will shed new light on these vile prejudices, and harken a new era in clown-normal person relations. The director expresses hope that his movie will help downgrade the oppression from “Mexican-in-Arizona” levels to the more fossilized, ineffective prejudice facing Jews and the Irish.